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7:25 PM ET, December 8, 2015


 Top News: 
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify to test allowing some musicians to temporarily withhold music from ad-supported version of the service  —  Spotify to Allow Some Musicians to Withhold Music From Free Service  —  Last year Taylor Swift pulled her entire catalog from Spotify because the streaming service …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Sources: Yahoo won't move forward with Alibaba spinoff, will instead examine a deal involving its core business  —  Yahoo will not move forward with Alibaba spinoff: Sources  —  Yahoo is announcing it will not move forward with plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba, reports CNBC's David Faber.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Diane Rehm, host of her self-titled news show that aired nationally on NPR for two decades, plans to retire after 2016 election  —  Diane Rehm, an NPR staple, eyes retirement from broadcasting  —  Diane Rehm, the host of one of public radio's longest-running and most popular news discussion programs …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Starts Building Its Own Bundle by Selling Showtime, Starz and More With Amazon Prime  —  Amazon has a new weapon to boost its video streaming service against competitors like Netflix and YouTube: Other people's streaming services.  —  Starting today, Amazon will give its Amazon Prime subscribers …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AT&T launching OTT mobile service in January, is considering developing original content  —  AT&T to Launch Mobile Entertainment Service, CEO Says  —  Randall Stephenson at the UBS media and communications conference in New York also discusses hopes to create more original content …
Liz Hoffman / Wall Street Journal:
Media General Rebuffs Sweetened Takeover Bid From Nexstar  —  Nexstar privately raised bid to about $16.30 a share  —  Media General Inc. has rebuffed a sweetened takeover bid from Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., leaving the two TV station owners at a negotiating impasse, according to people familiar with the matter.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Refinery29 promotes EVP of Programming Amy Emmerich to chief content officer, a newly-created role at the company  —  Amy Emmerich Named Chief Content Officer of Refinery29  —  Refinery29 has named Amy Emmerich chief content officer, a new role at the company.  Emmerich was most recently executive vp of programming.
Discussion: WWD and Variety
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Arianna Huffington announces The Huffington Post will no longer relegate Trump to its entertainment section, noting his impact on other candidates  —  A Note on Trump: We Are No Longer Entertained  —  Earlier today, the candidate currently leading in the polls for the Republican presidential …
Joan E. Solsman / The Wrap:
MGM Leads $18.2 Million Investment in Video Start-Up Interlude  —  MGM led an $18.2 million round of investment in Interlude, an Israeli start-up leading development of interactive online video.  —  MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber also joined Interlude's board as observer.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Variety and Deadline
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney raises its ownership stake in Vice to 10% or about $400M  —  Disney Doubles Ownership Stake In Vice to 10%  —  Walt Disney Co. has raised its ownership stake in Vice Media to about 10%, or about $400 million, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Guardian US CEO Eamonn Store says if he didn't work for the company, he'd block ads; says ad tech not good at identifying unsavoury advertisers and ads  —  Guardian CEO: Why Is It So Hard To Keep Gun Ads Off Our Site?  —  “If I didn't work for the Guardian, I would block ads,” said Guardian US CEO Eamonn Store.
Discussion: @mattpointblank and @mrdrewhuening
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Josh Rucci, general manager of Bloomberg Content Service, talks about video, global licensing, and distribution
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
GoPro launches channel on Amazon Fire TV, with in-house and curated user-generated content
Discussion: Variety, Fortune, Adweek and Forbes
Axel Springer SE:
Axel Springer's venture arm leads $16M round in NowThis Media, producer of short videos about topical stories
Discussion: TechCrunch and @jaspjackson
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
In places where data is more expensive, ad blockers help manage the cost, for customers and carriers
Discussion: @roi
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
First Look Media wants to model its video efforts on Participant Media's “Spotlight”
Discussion: and First Look Media
Gabriel Arana / The Huffington Post:
National Association of Black Journalists may close due to $380K estimated budget shortfall, questions raised about financial practices